Sunday, November 29, 2009
A back view of chair I drawn so many times. Nice to have a different view of it and the inevitable cat.
I like the woodless pencils because I can use the side of the sharpened tip as a flat shader. I got that texture on the back by stroking on a masonite board.
It's not nearly as smooth as it seems.
2B and HB on 50# sketch paper.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Not music or mood, but the cool side of the palette.
Pencil sketch of cat, rolling on acrylic layers, then Sharpie poster paint pen to pick out the line. There were several weeks from sketch to further development. I'm liking that method a lot.
In the journal
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving! May you have good food along with some creative-art nourishment.
This started with a newspaper image as a base. Over time I added w/c, the Nourish card from a Massachusetts restaurant, acrylic, stamping, charcoal, and a coat of acrylic medium for shine.
The owl calls for wisdom in making nourishing choices. Underneath is a map and a sailing ship for going forward to new adventures.
My art journaling goal is to play until the page stops calling me back.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Imagining how features go together, I branched off into dishfaced and beaky ones. I'm fascinated by how many ways features can go together.
Forehead and chin slope are so significant in adding interest to a character.
Pencil on random paper, then glued it into the journal.
Friday, November 20, 2009
I drew the shoe, then after I painted on the backside of the page, the ripples appeared.
I decided to post the sketch anyway, and tried using a filler background color to reduce the look of the wrinkling. Instead I got a kind of shiny leather effect! Have no clue how, but I like it.
I really need to learn more about Gimp!
Graphite in the journal.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
This is from a set labeled charcoal, but to me they're colored chalks. I like the dull colors, golds, browns, sage greens. Very dusty, but fun to play with.
This is the part that would fit on the scanner, from the 12x18 original.
On sketch paper.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I was watching a documentary collection and stopped the action to draw this man. Just to draw.
He was in "The Laughing Club of India." Orange added later, because I'm currently hooked on orange, and it seems like such an Indian-appropriate color.
Pitt brush pen and w/c in the journal.
This is my 1000th post! I wasn't counting, but Blogger was.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
In mindfulness practice, this title phrase means to really focus on what you might have otherwise dismissed. Then you can take action, or realize the significance of the noticed thing (without action needed), or you can integrate the heightened awareness into your broader knowledge.
That was the thinking that arose after I spilled sap green paint on the page.
Then I added with some collage, w/c crayons, Sharpie paint marker, and gel medium. In the journal.
Click image to see the huge view.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
I've not posted a left hand for awhile, but I'm still doing them. I do them fast--one like this in about 6 minutes--and they *are* getting better.
My artistic goal is to be able to quickly sketch full scenes with multiple people--to catch a moment in time and have it be recognizable.
I'm about halfway into my 10,000 hours of practice (see Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers ) since I started drawing in 2004. I've learned so much!
The best thing is how much I enjoy drawing every day. Success of a different sort.
4B pencil on Strathmore drawing paper
Sunday, November 08, 2009
With a 4B Derwent watersoluble pencil, making marks. It's not quite waxy, not quite like regular graphite. More drag than I usually like.
The feel of the medium's stroke--it's the literal feeling of the drawing, which contributes to satisfaction in the process.
On Strathmore drawing paper.
Friday, November 06, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Roz Stendahl, Minnesota artist, has beautiful sketch journals in which she pre-paints pages throughout a volume. Then when she gets to that page, she has to make it work with the drawing she's doing.
Challenging and fun. I have always pre-painted, but put too much on the page so that it becomes a full painted background.
This time I restrained myself to 3 strokes of orange. Then, yesterday, I happened to be waiting in the car, and drew this tree in the parking lot. Green added later.
Fountain pen with Noodler's ink, in the (new volume, unlined) journal.
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Daubing and filling pages with color in the previous lined journal. I wasn't going to bother posting it, but then I saw the green face.
Eyes, the long nose, and hints of ears--a freakish foxish animal is emerging. Right out of the pumpkin patch and autumn leaves.
In the previous lined journal.